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Unsure Whether Ghusl Was Needed and Prayed

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Answered by: Alimah Fatima Begum


I had gone to the bathroom and then I had a doubt that would I had a bath (ghusl ) or not, but I had offered namaz and then I had doubted about it. Is my namaz valid? Also, I had a doubt that maybe I had done both.

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


Saaidah Aaisha Radiallahu Anha relates that the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam was asked about a man who finds wetness (semen from ejaculation) but does not remember having a wet dream. So He Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam said, “He must perform ghusl” and he was asked about a man who thinks he had a wet dream but finds not wetness. So He Sallallahu Alayhi Wasalam said: “he does not have to perform ghusul.” So Umm Sulaim RadiallahuAnha asked if a woman finds wetness, does she have to perform ghusl? He said: “yes, women are the partners of men.” (Sunan Abi Dawud p.35 v.1)

With regards to your question, if you found wetness, irrespective of whether you remembered a dream or not, ghusl would have been fardh upon you, thus making the salah you prayed invalid. You must repeat this prayer.

However, if you found no wetness, then ghusl is not fardh upon you and the salah you prayed was valid and there is no need to repeat it.

Only Allah knows best.

Written by Alimah Fatima Begum         

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

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